The official name for Human Design Gate 38 is The Gate of Fighter. But I call it The Purpose-Driven Fighter because its primary action is to fight for things that have meaning and purpose.
About Human Design Gate 38 – Gene Key 38
In Action: To Fight For Things That Have Meaning And Purpose.
Keywords: Perseverance, Meaning, Struggle, Discernment
Official Gate Name: Fighter
Human Design Definition: The ability to preserve individual integrity through opposition to detrimental forces.
Core Theme: Pressure to find or struggle for purpose in life. In this context, pressure is not necessarily a problem. It’s really about acting from the amount of pressure that is correct for you.
Bodygraph Center: Root center and connects to the Splenic center via human design gate 28.
Tropical Sign: Capricorn
True Sidereal/Cosmic Human Design Sign: Capricorn
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The Energy Spectrum of Human Design Gate 38
All energy in the Human Design chart exists on a spectrum of potential.
On the “positive” end of the spectrum, Human Design Gate 38 is the energy for fighting for a purpose. The 38 enjoys the pressure (created by the root center) to evolve and make life meaningful. It is the energy to fight for what is “right.”
On the “negative” end of the spectrum, Human Design Gate 38 is the energy for fighting for the sake of fighting and can have a tendency to believe that life is meant to be an unhealthy struggle.
If you don’t like the results that the “negative” side of the spectrum is creating in your life, you can raise the frequency of Gate 38 with a number of boundaries, practices, and tools.
(I cover the practices for the gates of your incarnation cross in The Map.)
The most important thing to raise the frequency of gate 38 is to challenge and re-write any beliefs that you are “meant” to struggle in life and reconnect with your “fighter” spirit.
My personal contemplation of Human Design Gate 38 (Gene Key 38)
I don’t have gate 38 defined in my chart but my husband does. And since I do have gate 28 (4 times!), together we create the full channel (called the channel of struggle).
And I can say with certainty that my husband has energetically taught me so much about suffering and struggling. In my relationship with him, I’ve come to clearly see the beliefs I was holding about suffering and struggle.
In our culture, we seem to worship at the altar of suffering and struggle.
We often coalesce around the fires of complaining, one-upping our problems, and making sure everyone knows about what a victim we are to life.
Using complaining as a shitty substitute for connection used to the backbone of my relationships.
I thought that I was just meant to be a receptacle for other people’s problems. I believed that it was my job to take on the responsibility of changing their life for them. And, most painfully, I believed that there was no one in my life who could be there for me the same way I could be for this.
Talk about suffering!
I literally believed that this was just the way it was.
Understanding my Human Design (5/2 splenic projector) gave me language for these experiences and it has deepened my understanding of the heart of suffering in myself and in others.
Once I was able to take a big step back, see the projections that were all around me, and start only stepping in when there was TRUE recognition and invitation, I could clearly see that the core energy of gate 38 is truly magical.
The rhetoric around struggle and suffering is usually very binary.
Some people say that we “must” struggle. Others say that suffering is optional or that it’s simply a state of mind.
And there is actually some truth in both of those things. It isn’t actually black and white. It isn’t this OR that. It is much more nuanced than that.
What gate 38 has shown me is that we always have an invitation to look under the surface of our struggling, suffering, and victimhood.
(I’m not talking about actual victims of crimes, etc. I’m talking about the mental state of believing that you are a victim of life itself.)
It isn’t that we “shouldn’t” struggle. Suffering doesn’t mean we are doing life wrong. And it is absolutely OK to be honest about where we are in life.
The wisdom of struggle, suffering, and victimhood is knowing what is worth fighting for in your life and what isn’t.
When we are deep in the throes of struggle with no end in sight, it’s a sign that we are letting that pressure build “too much” in our lives. We aren’t actually using it to propel us forward.
But when we are in the right relationship with that pressure caused by struggle, we can use it as a source of fuel for aligned growth and transformation.
And we each have to discover what that “just right” amount of pressure looks like in our lives. When it’s the right amount, it won’t weigh you down, it will move you.
Now it’s your turn to contemplate Gate 38
When you stand in the truth that the gifts of Gate 38 are available to you, whether you have it in your chart or not…
What is your relationship with persevering, meaning, struggle, and discernment in your life?
What have your experiences of “fighting” shown you about what matters to you?
What are your life complaints showing you about what is worth fighting for and what isn’t?
What is your “just right” amount of struggle?
Are you willing to let go of “too much” struggle and suffering? Why or why not?
I encourage you to take some time with these questions. Take them out into your world and let their answers reveal themselves to you. Intend for deeper levels of clarity about gate 38.